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Christian Hedonism: Finding Our Greatest Joy & Satisfaction in Christ

As we prepare to consider the truth of the clips we’ll be watching today, let’s first look at this core statement of Desiring God, which defines Christian hedonism:

God is most glorified in us
when we are most satisfied in him

Let’s start by praying that God will open our minds and hearts to the truth of His Word, and that He would soften our hearts for changing.

Discernment: Learn the Difference Between Right and Almost Right

For our upcoming study on March 3rd, first watch the video below, “John Piper – Spiritual Wisdom for Daily Life”. After you’ve watched it, read this article entitled “Learn the Difference between Right and Almost Right” by Jen Pollock Michel.

The video really sets out why we so desperately need discernment (Piper calls it “spiritual wisdom”, which, as we’ll talk about, is the basis of discernment — discernment is the day-to-day practical use of spiritual wisdom). The article is a review of a book called All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah Anderson. I haven’t read the book yet myself, but based on this review, I’d bet it’s worth reading. Some scripture verses to consider while you’re watching and reading are these:

  • Colossians 2:1-8
  • James 1:5 (related: Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 9:10)
  • Matthew 10:16

The video is 5 minutes, and the article isn’t long either — you’ll be able to read it within 10-25 minutes. I know it can seem hard to find the time for study, but as we learned at our last meeting, we do have the time; the issue is how well we’re using it (and if you’re guilty of misusing your time, know that I’m right there with you).

1. Theological Foundations, Introduction

Welcome to our first lesson! To get things started, we’re going to work through this 10-part series by The Gospel Coalition on theological foundations. As I mentioned in our information meeting, we’re all from different backgrounds and we’re all at different places in our walk with God, so let’s start with the basics. If you’re already familiar with the information and concepts being covered, that’s great! Reviewing truth is always a good thing, and there’s always something new to be found if we ask Him to show us.

I’ve posted the video for the first lesson below. Once you’ve watched it, comment below: tell us what you already knew, what you didn’t know, surprised you, challenged you, confused you, etc. There are additional course resources, including a workbook (optional), and reflection questions to engage you here. Feel free to answer the questions in the comments.

1. Introduction on Systematic Theology from Bethlehem College & Seminary on Vimeo.